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post #1 of 6 Old 07-30-2013, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Blackworms?

So I've heard of people having blackworms live in their tanks and having their fish eat them whenever they want? I have 2 afd's and 5 Cory's catfish as my bottom feeders. Would this be a good idea?
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2 African dwarf frogs
1 dalmation Molly
1 platty
1 Otto
1 rasbora (no, I don't want a group or to keep this breed)
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1 mystery snail

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-30-2013, 01:28 PM
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Well they will probably eat them for sure but if the black worms can make it in the substrate they might have a fighting chance.

I have a lil 15 quart Rubbermaid tote that I have about an inch of sand in it and about an inch of water above that with an air stone running. I use this breed black worms in and have done so for almost a year. Its very easy and pretty maintenance free. I might change the water in it about once a month. I feed them a small piece of an algae tablet once every couple of days it when I see that the food is gone from the previous piece. It really is that easy.
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I have a little 1 gallon that no one lives in. Maybe they can breed in that. Would it be better than hand feeding them bloodworms all the time? And can they survive in a 16 inch tank 20 gallon?


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Are you asking would the blackworms be better then bloodworms?? I have no clue on that honestly. Have always been told these worms are more of a treat them a everyday meal. I have a breeder container only cause I have two fish that won't eat anything but worms and one that won't anything but live worms. One is a Scarlet Basis (live worms only) and a Dwarf Puffer.

You can try to breed them in that. I see no reason why it wouldn't work. I have always read they do better in shallower water. Don't know true this is through but thats why I have them in only an inch of water above the substrate. Its been working for me and that's what I stick to. Also you asking if the black worms can survive ina 20 gallon? This going to depend on what's in there??

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Are you asking would the blackworms be better then bloodworms?? I have no clue on that honestly. Have always been told these worms are more of a treat them a everyday meal. I have a breeder container only cause I have two fish that won't eat anything but worms and one that won't anything but live worms. One is a Scarlet Basis (live worms only) and a Dwarf Puffer.

You can try to breed them in that. I see no reason why it wouldn't work. I have always read they do better in shallower water. Don't know true this is through but thats why I have them in only an inch of water above the substrate. Its been working for me and that's what I stick to. Also you asking if the black worms can survive ina 20 gallon? This going to depend on what's in there??
For the 20 it's what I posted ubove, just maybe put them in there and have the frogs feast for a little while?

What do blackworms eat?


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You can do it that way. I have read of ppl doing it. I have no clue as to how long they will last. Before you do that I would make sure to rinse them off before putting them into the tank. So it doesn't fawl the water to bad.

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